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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: My Ordinary Life - Nichijou

My Ordinary Life Episode #02

My Ordinary Life Episode #02 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 11, 2011
Release Date: April 10, 2011

My Ordinary Life
© Crunchyroll

All future robot designs must including baking options within them.

What They Say:
Stair Climbing Game

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the first episode of the series, I have to admit I'm not really sure what to make of the show yet. It has a nice sense of character style and animation design about it that's appealing, partially because it is different, but the actual show itself hasn't won me over as it brings in several characters and a sense of mild gags that just haven't clicked well. With the original manga being the type that shifted between four panel gags and lengthier bits, the dynamic of the show hasn't been a problem as it reminds me of School Rumble and Lucky Star in how they'd shift stories easily within a single episode. Toss in the obligatory Azumanga Daioh type material with it and it all feels familiar, but not its own.

This episode hits some of the standards of a young ordinary life, such as the counting of steps up a long flight of stairs outside and the travails of making it to school on time when your mother steps out for awhile and doesn't nudge you along like they usually do. Sometimes the ordinary becomes surreal though, such as for Mio at the start of the main episode where she's being chased on her way to school by someone with a giant bear-like head from a costume. Of course, the girl has on a standard school uniform so you know it's something else, but it has a strange surreal feel to it as she catches up to her and offers her various types of fish to her. It's this type of surreal edge that has its moments, such as Mio's corkscrew punches that she hits Noguchi with, but other times it just feels out of place.

Some of it can be pretty amusing at times. The good professor continues her modifications on her robot, including making her arm hold (or bake?) a roll cake which she most certainly did not expect to happen. The relationship between the two is cute, especially as more food making tricks are revealed to be within her. The continued modifications on Nano are likely to be a regular gag, one that I'll admit works because of the way it cause her to act and interact with others. The moment she's listening to music on headphones in a store and suddenly baked goods comes out of her forehead just made me laugh out loud in a way I didn't expect. Te series continues to use some interesting bits of style to it, which is helped a lot by the kind of animation it uses which has the feeling of working the manga side with colors panels come to life, and that lets it make even further jumps into the surreal with how the characters view events playing out. Much of it is just their imaginations, which is cute and fun, and the short form nature of the storytelling helps to keep it properly contained.

In Summary:
Much like the first episode, I'm really not sure what to make of My Ordinary Life. The characters are definitely cute and their personalities are starting to show through little by little, but the short form side is also making it hard to still really connect, or even identify, many of them as they can spend their segments without using anyone's names. The situations work well and I like how it basically treats these kids like the kids they are, letting the imaginations run a little wild but never so far that you're juts throwing your hands up in disgust. The main selling point for me continues to be to enjoy watching the animation itself and a handful of the gags that come up in it, but as a whole it still feels fairly weak.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

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